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Jun. 4th, 2007 | 11:55 pm
location: München
mood: amusedamused
music: Tom Waits, Sonic Youth

So over the last several weekends I have been out and about at least a little bit. Last weekend I tried swimming in the Isar against the current with my monofin.  It was really hard work!  The funny thing about the mono fin is that it really does tire out your whole body, there is no single muscle that get sore.  You just get this overall tired feeling.   I was hoping for 45 minutes but I think I only made it 20 and never traveled more than 100m from the shore where I started.  Swimming up steam is serious business.
 
Yes I did become entertainment for the people walking on the bridge.  They were watching me trying to swim past the strongest part of the current (they had the all the locks open making this spot more full than usual).

The weekend before I went out with Philip, Johana, and Taska to the Echinger Weiher.
 

This Baggersee (quarry filled in with watter) is suppose to be very clear because it has a strong underground spring, but the enormous numbers of SCUBA divers (when we left around noon we counted 31 cars several of which were vans) in this little pond.  Most of them were rather junior and dragged their feet on the ground and through algae.  The edges remain pretty nice and there were lots of tadpoles out and about.  Plenty to look at for those who like small things.   Most of the diving was very shallow so it was lots of empty lung dives (exhale before going under).
 

This tree was just spooky.  You can see all the algae growth at the bottom of the lake.

I had some video left over from the Deeper Blue Spring Jam that I finally mixed into a little video. More video shot with Taska's Canon A620

I have been thinking about how much my entire life I have just loved playing in the water. I am someone who comes to diving, swimming or any other way of dealing with the water just because I enjoy the water.

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Ian

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from: loic
date: Jun. 4th, 2007 10:31 pm (UTC)
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Wow! The water looks gorgeous!

Did you know that Eskil has started scuba diving? I was going to play darts with him a few weeks ago but he cancelled for a night dive. Exciting stuff.

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Robin * Slomkowski

More divers!

from: rslomkow
date: Jun. 4th, 2007 10:36 pm (UTC)
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Eskil from up north he should be able to enjoy the cold and dark of California diving. Of course all the people around here dream of California compared to the lakes and quarries.

The water was pretty good until the 50+ SCUBA divers showed up in a lake that is about 70mx200m

I am hoping for good weather at the end of the month so I can go diving in California.

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Ian

Re: More divers!

from: loic
date: Jun. 5th, 2007 06:44 am (UTC)
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I was down at Monterey Aquarium on the weekend and it was amazing to see what a coral garden is meant to look like when you can see something. When will you be in town? I'd love to go diving again some time. I'm going to be out of town for a most of a week at the very end of the month though.

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Robin * Slomkowski

Re: More divers!

from: rslomkow
date: Jun. 5th, 2007 07:58 am (UTC)
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I have had a couple of days out at Pinnacles (a spot down closer to Carmel accessible only by boat). That qualified as the visability in the aquarium 200foot +. But not as many sharks and turtles...

That is a very cool aquarium and I like how it focuses on local life.

I need to book tickets this week...

23rd or 24th of June - 5th or 6th of July. So the weekend of June 31/July 1st is open.

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Ian

Re: More divers!

from: loic
date: Jun. 5th, 2007 06:37 pm (UTC)
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I'll be in New Jersey that weekend, sadly. I'd love to catch up above water too though.

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